200+ people have been charged for refusing to stay in hotels after arriving in Canada.

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Canada’s hotel quarantine requirement for foreign travelers during the pandemic, according to Len Desharnais, is a good idea.

However, shortly after arriving in Vancouver from Bangkok on March 18, he said he chose not to check into his booked quarantine hotel because, based on his shuttle ride to the hotel, he didn’t believe adequate COVID-19 safety measures were in place at the hotel.

Desharnais said, “It’s all in good fun. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not safe “.

Hundreds of foreign travelers have objected to Canada’s hotel quarantine policy, which is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 219 tickets had been given to air passengers entering Canada who refused to quarantine at a designated hotel as of March 30. The fine for violating the rules is $3,000.

Two travelers, including Desharnais, said they violated the rules for safety reasons but have yet to collect a fine.

The federal government started the rule on Feb. 22 that all air passengers entering Canada should take a COVID-19 test on their arrival and spend up to three days quarantined at a government-approved hotel awaiting test results. Passengers are responsible for the cost of the trip which can go up to $2,000.

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Those who test negative will return home to complete their 14-day quarantine period. Those that test positive will be relocated to a nearby government facility.

Desharnais, a native of Alberta who moved to Thailand ten years ago, was returning to Canada to work as a contract protection advisor in the oil industry in Fort McMurray, Alta.

After taking the hotel shuttle bus from the airport, he said he became worried about checking into his quarantine hotel.